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By Mike Ritchie On Monday, March 21st, 2016

Opeth: Deliverance & Damnation

Opeth Deliverance & Damnation (The End Records) Opeth has made a career out of mingling and mangling the sounds of ’60s folk, ’70s prog and ’90s death metal together into long, constructive opuses. At their More...

By Mike Ritchie On Friday, February 19th, 2016

Danzig: Skeletons

Danzig Skeletons (Nuclear Blast America) There are two ways, maybe more, that Danzig’s collection of covers can be interpreted. One is a muddy, murky, basement production with songs featuring clunky instruments More...

By Mike Ritchie On Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Stryper: Fallen

Stryper Fallen (Frontiers Records) Stryper has continued to rise and stay relevant as a member of the ’80s, big-hair, loud-clothes, and loud-everything era. The hairspray’s gone along with (most) of the bumble More...

By Mike Ritchie On Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Nightwish Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast) The eighth, and one of the most anticipated albums, from Nightwish once again answers, how will the new singer sound? The world got its answer through various More...

By Mike Ritchie On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Spellbound – The Collection

Siouxsie and the Banshees Spellbound: The Collection (Universal Records) From their formation in the late 70’s days of the London punk scene to being critically hailed as one of the most uncompromising acts of More...

By Mike Ritchie On Friday, March 6th, 2015

Cavalera Conspiracy: Pandemonium

Cavalera Conspiracy Pandemonium (Napalm Records) When you think of the name Cavalera, most metal heads think of the thrash family duo from Brazil. Indeed the Cavaleras have spent decades screaming, yelling, slamming More...

By Mike Ritchie On Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

Hanzel und Gretyl Black Forest Metal (Metropolis Records) Everyone’s favorite German-speaking uber duo from New Jersey bring forth the most evil, heaviest part of the devil’s soul from the dark heart of the More...

By Mike Ritchie On Monday, December 15th, 2014

In This Moment: Black Widow

In This Moment Black Widow (Atlantic Records) In This Moment’s follow-up to Blood throws itself heavily into industrial sounds, beats and tortured lyrics of psychological self-inflection and multiple mental More...

By Mike Ritchie On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Ozzy Osbourne: Memoirs of a Madman

Ozzy Osbourne Memoirs of a Madman (Epic/Legacy) This career-spanning collection of greatest hits in Ozzy’s own words is a reminder of his solo hits and classics and a statement that he will go back to his solo More...

By Mike Ritchie On Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Slipknot: .5 The Gray Chapter

Slipknot .5 The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner Records) After the death of bassist Paul Gray and departure of drummer Joey Jordison, .5 The Gray Chapter has all the emotion expected from a band mourning the loss of More...